March 13, 2019

 The hardest part of responding to yesterday’s college admissions scandal is choosing a place to start. The worth of name brands? The celebrity culture? The illusion of meritocracy in admissions? The outright bribery?

For us college consultants, it smacks in the face of our own code of ethics, and for the students involved, perhaps the high-jacking of their opportunity to find a college that fits them best.

As participating members of professional educational organizations (HECA, IECA, WACAC, AICEP), we uphold the ethics and standards of our profession prohibiting guarantees and commissions. William Singer operated as a fixer, a cheat for parents; not as an Independent Educational Consultant (IEC) for students. IEC’s spend countless hours attending presentations, conferences and college visits so we can best help students find a school where they will thrive. In all of the reporting, not once did we hear about Mr. Singer sitting down with, getting to know or evaluating the personality an...

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